MARCH 23

Today's Bible Readings
     Exodus 34
     Proverbs 10
     John 13
     Ephesians 3
 
MEMORIZE TODAY
''You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet." (John 13:13-14)
 
FOOT WASHING
            Certain denominations have made foot washing an ordinance of the church. They base that emphasis on our Lord's exhortation in John 13:14. The question is, ''did Jesus mean to literally wash one another's feet, or is this simply symbolic of a servant attitude in the Christian life?'' Whether or not we are to actually wash one another's feet, it is obvious that our Lord's desire is for all of us to have an attitude of servanthood.
            Here Jesus talks about being our Master and Teacher. Is Jesus Christ really your Teacher and Lord?  Teacher, Master and Lord have little place in our vocabulary. We prefer the word Savior, Sanctifier and Healer. Submission to His authority in our life should become as natural as breathing to the child of God. Jesus wants us in a relationship where He is so easily our Master and Teacher that we have no conscious awareness of it - a relationship where all we know is that we are His to obey.
            This will result in a servant spirit that is truly Christlike. The things Jesus did were the most menial of everyday tasks. This is an indication that it takes all of God's power in me to accomplish the most common task. Can I use a towel, or dishes, or sandals as He did?  It is only as He lives His life through us that we can experience this kind of servant spirit.
We talk about going the ''second mile'' with God, yet some of us become worn out in the first ten steps. It is in the menial tasks of everyday life, and in our relationship to other believers, that the proof of our obedience is seen.  If Jesus was a foot washer, then we must also wash one another's feet. Then He is able to accomplish in us and through us the enormous success that only He is capable of.  Find some dirty feet and wash them in the name of Jesus.
            Our text today contains one of the most powerful promises God ever made to His obedient children. ''Now to Him that is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.'' (Ephesians 3:20)
 
PRAY FOR THE WORLD
            Perhaps the most difficult nation to reach for Christ in all of Europe is the Republic of France. This country covers 545 million sq. km. for its 65 million inhabitants. Our ministry has several associates and representatives that serve the Lord in France simply because it is the most difficult.
            One of the greatest ministries in France is in a place called Uchaud. This is near the city of Nimes. I am happy to report that there is a vibrant, exciting, growing church, a theological institute, a Christian school for the children, and an involvement in sending out missionaries all over France, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, and Africa. This church even sponsors an orphan ministry in India. You would have to see this wonderful work to believe it. This is why our investment is so significant in France. Our associates who serve the Lord there are musicians, school administrators, and a pastor of a growing church in Paris.
 
A WORD FOR YOUR WORLD TODAY
''Christian men and women, self-renunciation is the cardinal ethic of the Christian church."
Dr. Charles Inwood